Material Culture and Technology in Everyday Life

Material Culture and Technology in Everyday Life

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Focusing on the technoculture of everyday life, this book attempts to zero in on the simplicity and the habitual character of the interaction between humans and material objects, which is often assumed or taken for granted. Because objects are always meaningful in the pragmatic use to which they are directed, the material world of everyday life can be seen as a technoculture of its own a€“ one made of behaviors as simple, and yet as significant, as using a lawnmower, or decorating onea€™s body. In discussing the unique methodological components of the ethnography of the technoculture of everyday life, this book begins a dialogue on how we can examine a€“ from the participantsa€™ perspective a€“ the interconnections between social agents, their technological/material practices, their material objects or technics, and their social and material environment.As Laurier and colleagues (2008:2) recendy noted, cars have aquot;become places we inhabit without necessarily being places designed to be habitable.aquot; I therefore do ... The observation concerns the inside of the parked car, which is my 1996 black Fiat Punto. It is a small car, with manual gear, and a 1.2 liter engine. Figure I:anbsp;...

Title:Material Culture and Technology in Everyday Life
Author: Phillip Vannini
Publisher:Peter Lang - 2009

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